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This Day in History – March 31

This Day In History
1850 – US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%)
1880 – 1st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, IN)
1903 – Richard Pearse flies monoplane several hundred yards (NZ)
1909 – Baseball rules player who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years.
1917 – US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands.
1918 – 1st daylight savings time in US goes into effect.
1925 – WOWO-AM, Ft. Wayne, Indiana begins radio transmission (500 watts).
1930 – The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years.
1932 – Ford publicity unveils its V-8 engine.
1933 – 1st newspaper published on pine pulp paper, “Soperton News” (Ga).
1943 – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” premieres in NYC.
1953 – US Department of Health, Education & Welfare established.
1965 – US orders first combat troops to Vietnam.
1968 – LBJ announces he will not seek re-election.
1971 – William Calley sentenced to life for Mi Lai Massacre.
1980 – President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry.
1989 – Donald Trump purchases Eastern’s Northeast Shuttle.
1996 – 25th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan.
1997 – 59th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky 84-79 (OT).
2008 – Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service.
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